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8-30-2008 @ 8:56PM
First let me say I always appreciate your comments, Roxton. They are always thoughtful and intelligent, so thanks!As for Arcane Blast, it's still rather costly, but when it's fixed (and it almost has to be), it should be reasonable, and the best damage-per-mana-per-casting-time spell Arcane Mages will have. But Missile Barrage procs frequently, more frequently than I ever thought it would, and when it does, you get a much-needed break from your AB spam to fire out some quick burst damage in the form of Arcane Missiles and Arcane Barrage. Overall, it should still b e fairly mana-intensive, but not to the point of being prohibitive.As for PoM, it's only consumed when you cast a spell that will consume it, anything with a cast time, but it wouldn't be very wise in a raid situation to avoid casting your cast-time nukes just to keep it up indefinitely. In fact, I'll be surprised (pleasantly so, but still surprised) if it makes it live with the current mechanic. As it stands, you're right, it definitely feels a bit overpowered.
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